If you weren’t able to tune into the excellent Mose Allison documentary when it went out on BBC4, here’s some good news – it’s getting an airing on BBC2 this Friday (29th September) at 11:35pm. Here’s the preview:
Mose Allison : Ever Since I Stole the Blues
Mose Allison, white Jazz and Blues legend from the Mississippi Delta, inspired key figures in Rock’n’Roll. As Pete Townsend says in the film: ‘Without Mose I wouldn’t have written My Generation’. The film also features Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Black, Loudon Wainwright, Ben Sidran, Keb Mo’ and Georgie Fame.
Taking Mose back to the Southern crossroads where he was born, we journey with the man they call the Jazz Sage across 50 years of cool philosophical lyrics and hip piano playing on songs like Parchman Farm, Your Mind is On Vacation and Everybody Cryin’ Mercy. The film also contains exclusive performances of Mose classics by Van Morrison and Loudon Wainwright – along with The Who’s barnstorming take on Mose’s Young Man Blues.
And if you want to catch the man live, you can see him at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho from September 21st to 30th. For details call 020 7439 8722 or visit the website.